Trend Report: Totally Tulle

Rachel Schneider
schneidr@mtmary.edu

The feminine, princess-like fabric known as tulle is no longer just for 3-year-olds playing dress up but is now hitting the streets in a stylish way.

Screen shot 2014-12-10 at 8.36.34 AMFashion bloggers are obsessed with the trend and continue to create how-to-style guides for readers. Most bloggers toughen the look up with a leather jacket and boots, but some play up the femininity of the skirt, like Sincerely Jules, and layer a chunky sweater over it with a pair of heels.

I first saw the fabric styled on Wendy’s Lookbook about a year ago.  The blogger now has a skirt named after her by Space 46 Boutique, an online tulle-loving store. The boutique’s motto? “Any day is a good day for a tulle skirt.”

The company started on Etsy in April 2013 and now because of the popularity generated by Wendy and other fashion bloggers is an independent online boutique offering a variety of tulle skirts for everyday wear.

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Designers and stores nationwide have caught on to the trend, including everyone from Lanvin to Topshop offering tulle skirts to their customers. Locally you can find the trend in Mayfair Mall at Dry Goods and Forever 21.

Shopping in the Big Apple this summer, I was on the hunt for a tulle skirt suitable to my style that I could bring back to Milwaukee.

First I found the fabulous Alice & Olivia tulle skirt at Saks Fifth Avenue. It was something to wear on your wedding day; it was sparkling white and pleated to the floor.

It was possibly the most glamorous skirt I have ever tried on. The sales associate asked me where I would wear it, and I said, “everyday.” It made me feel like a princess, in the best way. Of course, it was a little too glamorous for me, so I continued my hunt.

Later this summer, I did find a more suitable dress with a tulle skirt for my lifestyle from a local New York boutique. It hits below the knee with just the right amount of poof. Below, my winning tulle is styled three ways with the Milwaukee streets in mind.

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